Tiger Woods’ Previous Appearances at the Hero World Challenge
As we await Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf, here’s a look a back at his rich history at the Hero World Challenge.
As a tournament that benefits his own foundation, Tiger Woods is the host of the Hero World Challenge that is now entering its 18th year in existence.
Over the years, the tournament has seen many different name changes and has been played at several different courses.
Throughout the years, Woods has seen a good deal of success playing in the tournament, though.
He has won this event on five different occasions and is one of the three multi-time winners. Davis Love III and Graeme McDowell have both won the event twice too.
Before he makes his return on Thursday, let’s take a look back at some of Woods’ previous successes at this event.
2001 Williams World Challenge
Tiger Woods’ first win at the tournament was one to remember as he made an incredible comeback. 2001 was just the third year of the tournament and the third and final year it garnered the name the Williams World Challenge.
It took place at Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood, California. The Jack Nicklaus signature course was used for the second time in the tournament’s history and would continue to host the tournament all the way up to until 2013.
Woods had a lot of work to do on the final day to get this win. He entered the final nine holes behind leader Vijay Singh who held a four stoke lead. That is when Woods made his charge.
Woods knocked down five birdies in row to overtake Singh who eventually dropped three strokes behind him by the end of the tournament. Woods shot an eight-under 64 to close out the tournament and secure his first win at his tournament.
2007 Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide
Tiger Woods again reigned supreme this year for his fourth title as he blew out the field. The 2007 Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide was the fourth year bearing that name as it was changed for the 2004 event. The previous two years operated with the name the Target World Challenge presented by Williams. The four year span with this name proved to be the best for Tiger as he won the event three out of four years. Like Tiger’s 2001 win, this tournament was held at Sherwood Country Club.
The fashion in which Woods won the tournament this year was particularly interesting considering the fact that he hadn’t played a tournament in the 10 weeks leading up to it. Woods didn’t seem to miss a beat as he blew out the rest of the field, though.
His second round would end up being his best as he shot a 10-under 62 to help him to his eventual seven stroke win over the second placed Zach Johnson. In the end, his 22-under tournament score would tie the tournament record for the lowest score and give him his fourth title at the tournament.
2011 Chevron World Challenge
For this win, Tiger Woods had to deal with a much closer margin. His fifth title to this point at his own tournament came at the 2011 version of the event. That year it was called the Chevron World Challenge, just one of the two years it had that name. Like his four other wins, he got the job done at Sherwood Country Club.
In this much closer win, Woods was joined with a familiar face at the top of the leaderboard. Like his blow out win in 2007, Zach Johnson was in the second position behind Woods. However, this time he was in a duel with Johnson over the final few holes of tournament.
The two battled all the way until the final hole before Woods came up clutch with a birdie to close out the tournament with a one stroke win over Johnson, much closer than the seven stroke margin from ’07. Woods finished at 10-under for the tournament after three-under 69 in the final round.
Can Tiger return to action with an emphatic sixth win at this event? Let us know who you’re picking this week in the comments below.
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